How many of you observant readers have noticed that in this past week, the comment box is now populated with little image boxes next to your comment name? Did not notice? Aww… shame on you! 😛
What I have done is activated the avatar function in the comments box so if you are signed up on Gravatar, your comment will now feature an avatar right next to your name. A Gravatar is a “Globally Recognised Avatar” so its an image that is not unique to your comment on my site, but it will follow you anywhere you comment so long as you use the same email address you register with Gravatar to leave your comment.
But why do you need this?
You don’t. Honest injun!
But its fun to have because it makes you noticeable and recognisable. I activated the avatar function because I wanted to personalise the comment box a little more. (If you are in WordPress, Go to Settings -> Discussion -> Avatars -> Show Avatars) I believe comment plugins like IntenseDebate or Disqus also pull gravatar images but Blogger comments do not (for now). The images that show up in the Blogger comments are usually by people with a Blogger profile.
This tip isn’t only for bloggers but applies to commentators too. The Gravatar will follow you wherever you leave a comment so if that blog or website has avatars turned on, you’ll see yours pop up there too. People are conditioned to recognise images as opposed to text, so if someone sees your image, and recognises you, they would be more likely to read what you have to say too. Now isn’t that nice? 🙂
You don’t need to use a picture of yourself of course. I do but its a stylised one. Some people use their website logos, some use cartoons, and others use random images they relate to themselves.
So if you have not already done so, now’s a good time to sign up for a Gravatar. If nothing else, you don’t have to live with seeing a grey silhouette box next to your name the next time you leave a comment here 🙂 Now, leave a comment and let’s see what your new avatar is 😉
Have a good weekend everyone!